Dhaka is much more than a city, like a wild fairground ride spinning with energy. It is a true urban melting pot bubbling over. It doesn’t matter how many times you desire to experience this city, the amazement of being overwhelmed never changes. The sightings and the experience come at you so quickly that it may take a lifetime to actually know this megapolis with various moods.
A day spent between the muddy riverbanks at Old Dhaka and the swish restaurants of Gulshan brings out uncountable gestures and shifting colors in crystal clarity. You may not fall in love with all the charm, but gradually you will start to mingle to its beat and Dhaka starts becoming a vault of intellect and art, poverty and passion, love and hate. This is one rollercoaster ride you'll never forget.
When to Go to Dhaka
The best time to visit Dhaka is between September to March, when the cold settles in. It isn’t very cold in Dhaka – the sun is warm with pleasant outdoors. You can also save yourself from the horrors of being hit by a tropical storm, which occasionally occurs in the rainy season.
Places to Visit in Dhaka
Dhaka is a flourishing metropolis of Bangladesh; one of the most frenetic places on Earth with colourful chaos and surprises.
In the years of rule, the city became adorned with many religious monuments, places of worship, beautifully laid out gardens and pavilions. The Parliament building is a noteworthy structure with numerous parks and mosques.
Places worth visiting include Ramna Park, Old Dhaka, Lal Bagh Fort and Museum, the Shahid Minar memorial, the Shadarghat port, Bangabandhu Memorial, Ahsan Manjil, National Poet's Graveyard, National Leader Mausoleum, Suhrawardy Uddyaan, Banga-Bhaban, Curzon Hall, Old High Court and 1857 Memorial, Shadhinota Stambha, the Botanical Gardens, Baldha Garden, Sitara Mosque, Baitul Mukarram Mosque as well as Hindu, Buddhist and Christian churches and temples. With low cost flights to Dhaka explore wonderful attractions of the city that transcend you back in time.
Places to Eat in Dhaka
Beneath this informal atmosphere, Dhaka cuisine proudly boasts some great, first rate food. All the familiar Indian dishes are on the menu alongside a selection of Mughlai dishes. There's a good vegetarian section on the menu and a
remarkable service. There's also a good selection for those on a tight budget as well as those with more eloquent taste.
Chefs make sure to keep their dishes as healthy as possible, using only the freshest ingredients. The surrounding restaurants are a real gem and worthy of a visit.
Among the many, the finest restaurants are - Goong, Road 50, The Castle, House 12 and many more such as Gulshan, Dae Jang Geum. You can get the best Korean food at the Korean Palace. Enjoy best sashimi in the country along with raw fish. Vegeterian's can find surplus dishes which usually can taste better than meat. BBQ Tonite, Dhanmondi, Bamboo Shoot, Roll Express, Istanbul, Road 118 are some of the food courts with amazing aroma and taste.
Places to Shop in Dhaka
People have been known to fly and flock Dhaka for variety of shopping and textile. Just name what you desire - handicrafts, souvenirs, fashionable clothing, gifts for friends and family. Dhaka has your back, and bag as well. These places are a must see to experience the best shopping in Dhaka.
Bashundhara City has eight floors of clothing, home accessories, shoes, electronics and jewelry. Be sure to check the glittering bindis and the largest Bata store. Deshi Dosh is a collection of shops with amazing variety of hand dyed scarves and some unique jewelry. Few other prominent names are Aarong, New Market, Happy Octopus, Prabhartana, Aranya, Jatra, Sopura and many more.
Specialties of Dhaka
When we generally say 'nightlife', images of bars and flashing lights come to our minds. Get ready to raise your eyebrows. Dhaka does not really have a proper nightlife!
Well, other than the glamorous pubs and discos, what Dhaka has does attract many visitors. It has mostly has to do with religiosity. In Ramadan people may have a late night dinner at one of the late-night charming restaurants.
For people who can’t afford late night parties, there are smaller eating joints that organize special parties on Thursday and Friday nights with karaoke and live music along with barbecues. Apart from these, Hookah Bars are quite popular these days with amazing places to hang-out.
Festivals in Dhaka
Festivals have played a significant role in the life of the people of Bangladesh. It falls as a major part and culture in Bangladesh. Pehla Baishakh is the advent of the New Year celebrated in April with posh and pomp along with boat races, tournaments and grand fairs. The Independence Day, March 26th is the largest state festival and remembered with resounding of guns and culture programs.
Being an Islamic city, Eid-ul-Fitr and Eid-ul-Azha along with Muharram brings out the religious and cultural passion along with ceremonial procession in the city of Dhaka. Other famous festivals include Durga Puja, Christmas and Rabindra & Nazrul Jayanti.